An Alabama man and his wife are accused of murdering his second wife and her family after the woman left him when she discovered his bigamy, People magazine reports.
Married couple Christopher Henderson, 42, and Rhonda Carlson, 44, allegedly killed second wife Kristen Smallwood, 35, and her unborn child in 2015. Smallwood was nine months pregnant at the time of her death.
The couple allegedly shot or stabbed Kristen to death before cutting the child from her womb and stabbing the infant multiple times, police said.
They also allegedly killed Smallwood’s son, Clayton Chambers, 8; Smallwood’s mother, Carol Smallwood, 67; and Kristen’s nephew, Eli Sokolowski, 1.
Security footage reportedly shows a couple entering a the home with a gas can and leaving as the house burns down. All of the family members died before the arson, except Sokolowski, who was stabbed but who ultimately died from asphyxia in the flames.
The pair was just recently indicted for the murders.
Henderson allegedly told an officer while in jail that “I’m glad you caught me when you did, because I couldn’t live with what I’ve done.”
Henderson was indicted on 19 capital murder charges and Carlson was indicted on 18 capital murder charges. Both were also charged with first-degree arson under one of the murder charges.
It’s unclear whether they have entered a plea in the charges.
[Image: Madison County Sheriff’s Office]
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